New Years Resolution Injuries

Many of us decide to improve our health with a New Years resolution to begin working out again. This is a great idea but you should consider a few things before beginning.

  • Do I have any painful joints or muscles?
  • Have I had any orthopaedic surguries?

If either of these are true then you should contact Sterling Physical Therapy to have these areas evaluated. We can give you modifications and information on how you can workout safely so you don’t irritate these areas.

After two to four weeks of the new program you may begin to notice aches and pains that do not go away by the next day. If you try some rest or over the counter anti inflammatories and the problem is still there contact Sterling Physical Therapy so we can evaluate and fix the problem before it gets worse.

The only way to have success with your 2013 resolutions is to be consistent with your workouts. You can’t be consitent if you hurt or are injured.

Good luck with your goals for 2013!!!

Waking up after surgery.

The first thing I remember is something itching my nose, which turned out to be the oxygen tube. The next thing I tried was to swallow, it was the worst sore throat I’d ever had, just as Dr. Nelson told me it would be.

The next step was to try and sit up to check out my neck. I was surprised that the pain down my arm was gone. When neurologic pain is resolved that quickly it is a very good sign for a successful surgery. After sitting up I noticed the neck collar and that I would be stuck with this thing for the next six weeks. The collar was already hot and itchy.

We were surprised with how small and good the incision looked. I could definately feel swelling in the area of the scar from where Dr. Nelson dissected down to reach my spine. I remember at this point having a strong desire for Mt. Dew which I don’t drink normally was probably from the anesthesia. I was able to eat a little broth for supper and then Jennifer left to get some sleep. Some people get very tired from the anesthesia but it affects me the opposite way, I’m wired. So I used this energy and insomnia to walk laps on the post op floor. Walking is good to get blood to the bone graft to promote healing and its also good for our kidneys, heart and lungs.  Soon it was morning and Jennifer was back. I had some breakfast and then we waited to talk with Dr. Nelson. He did a quick run through on the surgery an what I should expect going home. We then talked about football and hunting. Once Dr. Nelson was done we waited for the discharge nurse and once the paper work was done we walked to the parking lot. Stay tuned for week 1 reports and video from home.



Surgery for a Physical Therapist: Pre-Op & Post-Op interviews.

 I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep the night before, it’s been a long process to get here. We drove to Methodist West Hospital and checked in. I was really impressed with the hospital, it was very inviting and did not feel like a typical hospital. Here is a picture of the the lobby when we entered the main doors.  By this point in the day I was really hungry… no food since midnight. I had forgotten about this aspect of surgery preparation. Soon we were called back to begin preparation for surgery. First came changing out of my Under Armour and exchanging it for a hospital gown and footies. Here’s some more pictures. Once everything was in place

and we were waiting for the anesthesiologists this is what I was thinking.

Soon after this they came and then I was put on a cart and rolled into the surgery suite. I love the surgery suite since they always have it nice and cool in there. I was then transferred onto the surgery table and positioned. They gave me some more instructions and then started to give me the anesthesia. When I’ve had surgery in the past I always try to stay awake as long as I can. They ask me to start counting backwards from 10 and before I hit eight I was out.

After the surgery, while I was in recovery, Dr. Lynn Nelson, came to talk with Jennifer and this is what he had to say about the surgery.

Stay tuned to see me after surgery and check out how I’m feeling. TS